The Covid-19 lockdown couldn’t keep local athletes from raising funds for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa at the weekend.
“I had to cancel my usual Easter Monday fun run because of the lockdown,” said South Coast Strider and Cows Comrades runner Deborah Berridge (pictured).
“So I decided to do a CHOC marathon in my garden. I put it on our club group on Facebook and said people could join in and do any distance in their backyards, whether it’s running, cycling or even swimming,” she explained.
“People were inspired! They made their own race numbers – mine was the lot number of my house – and it was a success! R2615 was raised, including online donations, and my longer-term target of R10000 was met. It actually turned out to be much more successful than last year’s Easter Monday fun run when we had torrential rains and not many people showed up. A huge thank you to all those that joined in,” a pleased Berridge added.
Numerous South Coast Striders participated in the virtual fundraiser. Those who took part included Mark Smith (ran 43km on Saturday and cycled 70km on Sunday) and Lou Schoeman (ran 48km), Graeme and Taryn Milligan, Daan van Niekerk, Jackie Koekemoer, Lynn van der Merwe, Ann and Joe Naidu, Bongani Mbhele, Peter Greyson, Vera Reynolds, Shirley Harley (swam, ran and knitted bed socks), Wendy Makhaluza, Sue Bekker, Ryan Steyn, Emmanuel Mufumadi, Adeline Jacobs, Kim Jones, Bryn McArthur, Zuko Kuzwayo and Inika Curnow.